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DALLAS SNIPERS (6-15-0, 12 pts)
The Dallas Snipers rolled through the Jr. Thunder in the first two games, outscoring Wichita 20-2 on Friday and Saturday, only to lose Sunday’s game 6-2 in a stunner.
Jaroslav Vasicek scored a 4-6-10 line in the two victories, but was held scoreless in Sunday’s loss.
Three different Dallas goalies played a game with Evan Williams making 42 saves in Friday’s victory and Rafael Goncalves making 27 saves on Saturday. Brady Weiss made 22 saves in Sunday’s hiccup.
The Snipers have been led by the triumvirate of Vasicek (11-20-31), Sterling Cooper (14-22-36), and Alex Hladonik (14-25-39) all season. Those three accounted for 10 of the team’s 22 goals this weekend, but other players are starting to contribute.
Erik Eaton (2-5-7 against Wichita) and Danil Trenikhin (3 assists) pitching in during recent games. The added offense will serve Dallas well as they head to Vegas for the Western States Shootout. In the desert, the Snipers will be playing Phoenix (8 wins), Bellingham (9), and Casper (9) – three teams with more wins than Dallas.
Dallas could take the confidence from the series win against Wichita to Vegas, turn some heads, and have a fresh start when the calendar turns to 2018.
Western States Shootout Schedule:
Tuesday 12/19: 7:30am @ Phoenix Knights in City National Arena A
Wednesday 12/20: 2:45pm vs. Bellingham Blazers in Sobe Ice Arena
Thursday 12/21: 12:30pm @ Casper Coyotes in Sobe Ice Arena